Lowen Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Ohio River

September 10, 2012
BFL News Archive

 LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2012) – Bill Lowen of Brookville, Ind., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division super tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek in Lawrenceburg on Sunday. For his victory, Haynes earned $4,869.


     “The last BFL super tournament held here I finished in second place,” said Lowen. “So it feels really good to get the win out on my home waters.

     “The conditions on the river are always pretty tough this time of year,” Lowen continued. “Especially this year, because we’ve had a bit of a drought. I figured coming in that I would need at least 8 pounds a day to win, so that’s what I was shooting for. It was pretty tough on day one. There was a lot of rain and wind, and the wind was stalling the current. I fished on the main river targeting laydowns and current breaks, throwing a Tight Lines UV green pumpkin-colored tube. It was pretty slow; I only had seven keeper bites on the day, but it was enough to get me the lead.”

     Conditions cleared on Sunday for Lowen, and he decided to start his final day in Tanners Creek.

     “Day two was very sunny, and the wind repositioned,” said Lowen. “I started out fishing in Tanners Creek, and I had a solid limit within the first hour, including a 2- and 3-pounder. I stayed in the Creek for two hours, and then I moved back out to the main river. I must have had 18 or 19 keeper bites throughout the day. I stuck with green pumpkin colors, but I threw a jig on day two.”

     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

          2nd:   Ray Brunner, Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 15-7, $2,434

          3rd:   Larry Sisk, Evansville, Ind., 10 bass, 15-6, $1,623

          4th:    Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., 10 bass, 15-4, $1,136

          5th:    Gary Dees, Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 13-1, $974

          6th:    Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., eight bass, 12-5, $893

          7th:    Gary Colasessano, Indianapolis, Ind., seven bass, 12-1, $811

          8th:    Bill Brunner, Cleves, Ohio, eight bass, 11-9, $730

          9th:    Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, eight bass, 11-2, $649

          10th: Scott Thomas, Mooreland, Ind., eight bass, 9-15, $568


     Jim Krider of North Vernon, Ind., weighed in eight bass totaling 11 pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win $2,434 in the co-angler division.

     Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

          2nd:   Steve Guthrie, Mooresville, Ind., six bass, 10-12, $1,217

          3rd:   Harvey Miller, Trafalgar, Ind., six bass, 10-1, $813

          4th:    Roger Hahn, Fairfield, Ohio, three bass, 8-7, $568

          5th:    James Rockhill, Muncie, Ind., six bass, 8-4, $487

          6th:    Trent Norman, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 8-1, $446

          7th:    Larry Kitchel, Logansport, Ind., five bass, 7-7, $406

          8th:    Richard Michalski, Westport, Ky., five bass, 7-0, $365

          9th:    Justin Clift, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 6-10, $325

          10th: Bradley Mullanix, Anderson, Ind., four bass, 6-5, $284

     The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.